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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Next two weeks at La Fleche, etc.

A lot of clubs are closed for the next two or three weeks. Not the mighty Fleche D'Or. Check it out.

Christy & Emily , la Fleche D’Or, August 1. C&E have a buzz about them, thanks especially to a couple of New York Times articles about the classically-trained pianist Emily. Their Myspace page doesn’t lie about their sound: “Folk / Psychédélique / Expérimentale” They claim the Velvet Underground as their biggest influence. But their stripped down, butt naked folk pop is richer than one might think, at least in that they lay down layer upon layer, track upon track, lollipop-sweet vocals upon vocals, creating a varied and rich composition that reminds me of Andrew Bird. Well worth the metro ticket to La Fleche and their blessed free shows.

Jason Kent Aug.1 La Fleche
Another great artist featured in the hot lineup at the Fleche August 1. The Canadian Kent serves up some very catchy indie twang that rarely makes it across the
Atlantic. An acoustic sound that is reminiscent of Bright Eyes, Elliot Smith, and Uncle Tupelo, accompanied by vocals and time signatures reminiscent of Neil Young, Graham Parsons and Grandaddy. Coming off big openings for Neko Case, Rufus Wainwright and the Arctic Monkeys.

Also Aug. 1 at La Fleche. Nighting Gale Music (UK)
T. Rex, The Cramps, Mission of Burma cocktail. Mmm. Not bad.

The Ettes (U.S.).Aug. 4, Fleche D’Or. Signposts: Detroit Cobras, Bellrays, The Yeah, Yeah Yeahs, Jesus&Mary Chain. Raw, rockin’ garage punk. Let’s twist again, like we did last summer—but hit the accelerator.

Hawnay Troof , Aug. 4, 9, and 10 Fleche D’Or. This California outfit call their sound progressive house. Clever samples and beats, claps to banjos, back vocals reminiscent of the early Beastie Boys and other white rappers. Not your everyday house or hiphop.

THE MODELS (Sweden) Aug, 10 and 11 La Fleche
The Models are a pop-punk girl trio from Sweden. That’s probably all you need to say to piedpiper about fifty guys to the Fleche. Well-known for their energetic live performance, these Norsewomen drop anchor in the Seine and take no prisoners. Shades of the Gore Gore Girls, Blondie, the Donna’s. X-Ray Specs, and Sleater Kinney. Excellent cover of the GoGos’ “We Got the Beat” in their repertoire.

Also playing with The Models Aug. 10 are four blokes from London called The Mourning After . TMA offer a very inoffensive guitar-driven sound, something like The Strokes meets Forward Russia!.

ROBERT GOMEZ (Us) Aug. 13 La Fleche
The vocals sometimes recall Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle. The tender acoustic guitar and keyboards flag Elliot Smith, Jose Gonzales, and Sufjan Stevens. Indie Rock magazines are anointing him “most likely to succeed.” He hails from
Denton, TX along with a couple of other major indie acts recently touted by the American music press—that’s right fellow Eurotrash, it ain’t all cowboy hats, rodeos and the electric chair !
Gomez will be playing with DEXATEENS (Us) who serve up a skillet full of southern-fried indie rock,.with a pinch of T. Rex and psychedelia. With Jason Kent this month Dexateens bring
Paris a taste of an underground twang-tinged indie scene that is practically unknown on both banks of the Seine.


Architecture in Helsinki :Fri 3 Aug, 9pm. Arènes de Montmartre
These eight Aussies may have created the best electric blender on the market these days. Whipping up electro-post-rock-reggae-house and the kitchen sink blends, AIH have distinguished themselves as serious chefs of an indie fusion cuisine. They’ll most likely be pushing their latest album of mostly slow-mo-ed housed up remixes, We died, They Remixed (2007 Inertia).
Arènes de Montmartre, corner Rue Chappes and Rue Saint-Eleuthère,
18th. M°Anvers.

STUCK IN THE SOUND: 17 Aug, Paris-Plages.

FESTIVAL ROCK EN SEINE: 24-26 Aug, Björk, Arcade Fire, The Hives, Mogwai, CSS, Jarvis Cocker, Kings Of Leon, Kelis, Dinosaur Jr., etc., Saint-Cloud. Tickets here.

Video for shits and grins: Ukele band does Nirvana:

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